Carleton Observes Holocaust Remembrance with Service, Presentation

April 11, 2018
By Noah Robiner '19

Carleton College will observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a vigil and service on Sunday, April 15 in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. A soup supper will follow the service, which is free and open to the public.

Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Stacy Beckwith will be the featured speaker and Carleton associate chaplain Rabbi Shosh Dworsky will lead the service, which begins at 5 p.m. A vigil including the traditional reading of the names of Holocaust victims, along with an opportunity to learn and sing songs in Yiddish, will precede the service, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Find a detailed scheduled here.

In a presentation entitled, “The Holocaust as Seen From Spain,” Beckwith will explore how the Holocaust has been seen from a country that has had little ongoing contact with Jews since the expulsion of Jews and Muslims in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Under fascist dictatorship in the 1930s and 40s, Spain had a varied record of Jewish rescue, as well as a painful history of Spanish Civil War anti-fascist fighters being swept from refuge in southern France into Nazi concentration camps. Since the mid-40s, several former Nazis also settled along Spain’s coasts. Beckwith will draw on her expertise as a scholar of comparative literature and collective memory to explore a range of recent Spanish novels that bring readers into proxy experiences of Holocaust alarm, pain, and loss.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Office of the Chaplain. For more information, including disability accommodations, contact The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located on First Street, between College and Winona Streets, in Northfield.